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US customs warns on illegal HFC from Mexico

Canisters of R404A refrigerant discovered by CBP officers

USA: US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers have warned the public travelling across the border from Mexico not to bring in HFC refrigerant. 

Laredo Field Office ports of entry have reminded the travelling public that the importation of HFC refrigerant is restricted and must adhere to strict federal commercial importation requirements. It warns that importing undeclared canisters from a foreign country in a passenger vehicle may result in fines and/or vehicle seizures.

“We want to strongly remind the traveling public not to bring in freon canisters from Mexico as that is contrary to existing federal law and may result in fines or vehicle seizure, even federal prosecution,” said Donald Kusser, the Laredo Field Office director of field operations. 

“CBP actively enforces laws from a variety of federal agencies, including the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act of 2020 and the Clean Air Act, which prohibit importation of HFCs such as those contained in freon canisters in a manner that is not compliant with Environmental Protection Agency restrictions,” he added.

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